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TCU News: Banogu’s role in Indy expected to be versatile

The former Frog DE has a chance to do a little of everything in the NFL.

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Phil Steele expects three area college football programs to win shares of conference titles this fall | Sports Day

The football bible has middling expectations for the Horned Frogs. But third place wouldn’t be a bad thing, per se.

Steele has TCU finishing No. 3 in the Big 12, playing Oregon in the Alamo Bowl.

Colts rookie Ben Banogu has found the perfect pass-rushing mentor in Justin Houston | Indy Star

Big Ben is perfectly poised for success in Indy.

“TCU is more of a gap-control, read defense; this defense is more attacking,” Banogu said. “I have free flow. You don’t have to read as much. You don’t have to do a lot of checks.”

Even the way the pair lines up is different in Indianapolis.

Banogu and Houston have played most of their recent football out of a two-point stance. When they line up at defensive end for the Colts, they put one hand down in the dirt.

“When you’re in two-point, you can see the whole defense, but the reason we were in two-point is that we needed to read a lot more,” Banogu said. “When you’re in three-point, you have more get-off, you’re not keying the running back.”

The key difference is that Banogu is likely going to end up playing a more versatile role than Houston in Indianapolis.

Springtown 2021 K Brendan Hall on TCU’s radar | 247 Sports

Always on the lookout for a reliable leg...

Although TCU has not discussed an offer with Hall, he’s definitely on their radar. TCU will graduate two kickers following the 2019 season and they took a preferred walk-on in the 2019 recruiting class; Griffin Kell. Depending on how well Kell does could be the difference on whether or not Hall gets a scholarship.

“They haven’t talked about an offer; they’re still discussing what year because they’re not sure what year they’re going for yet,” he said. “They’ve said I’m good enough to be there but they just don’t know yet.”

TCU signed a prospect out of Springtown when Bryson Burtnett signed with the Frogs in their 2013 recruiting class. Although Hall doesn’t know much about TCU’s program, he does train with arguably the top kicker in Frogs’ history.

“I don’t know a whole bunch but my kicking coach Jaden Oberkrom went there and I know he did real good there,” Hall said.